Man sen­tenced for ag­gra­vated as­sault

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - — JAMES HALPIN

A city man who ad­mit­ted chok­ing an in­fant and beat­ing the child’s mother be­fore es­cap­ing po­lice cus­tody was sen­tenced Mon­day to serve up to seven years in prison.

Derek V. Re­ich, 30, was sen­tenced to serve three to seven years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty in Fe­bru­ary to charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault, sim­ple as­sault and es­cape. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sk­larosky Jr. im­posed the sen­tence Mon­day, giv­ing Re­ich credit for 484 days time served.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Re­ich choked a 6-month-old baby in a Bar­ney Street apart­ment in De­cem­ber 2016, then punched and kicked the child’s mother when she in­ter­vened.

The woman grabbed her chil­dren, fled to a nearby con­ve­nience store and called 911 af­ter Re­ich passed out in a bed, pros­e­cu­tors said. Af­ter po­lice ar­rested Re­ich, he jumped out of a po­lice car and ran away, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

He was cap­tured about two weeks later.

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